What We Played #532 – Deep Rock Galactic, Far Cry 6 & It Takes Two

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It’s a whole new year, but there’s an air of familiarity to 2022. The outside world is still a bit of a dumpster fire, and it’s either wet, windy, dark and/or cold enough to convince you that staying indoors and playing video games or watching telly is a better option than anything outdoorsy.

I’m not really one for making new years resolutions, but I am trying to read more books instead of doom scrolling through Twitter or Reddit. Having raced through one of the later The Expanse books, I’ve gone old school with my sci fi and am reading Dune.

For my gaming time, I have quite predictably been playing Halo Infinite, but I will have to wrestle myself away from that game this weekend to play other things. Secret things. Things that I’ll be telling you about next week. Whatever could they be?

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Not so secretive is Nic B. He’s been playing the “absolutely stunning” Ghost of Tsushima on PlayStation 5. I’m sure there was some Pokémon Go as well, but he didn’t mention it. Another of our stuck-in-the-mud gamers is also breaking his habits. Tuffcub hasn’t been playing Destiny 2, but has instead been butting his head up against the opening of Bloodborne: “You may wish to look out your window where you will see a flock of pigs swooping past in the sky.”

Aran worked his way through Biomutant which, “has a very nice looking world but the game itself gets a bit repetitive. It felt like an introductory open world RPG for those who have little experience with them.” He also started playing Far Cry 6, ignoring the main story to simply go explore the island and blow up military targets.

Nick P snagged the platinum trophy for Guardians of the Galaxy this week and love it. “I really enjoyed it overall and think might be in my top two for 2021,” he said. He also started playing Far Cry 6 and found himself surprised by its tone: “I was expecting it to be super serious but it’s actually quite silly. I’m enjoying sending my pet Alligator to eat people.”

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It’s been a contrasting week for Gamoc, who finally defeated the first boss in Returnal and is now exploring the second biome. That’s juxtaposed with UFC4, where he moved up a weight class and beat Jon Jones, and then dove into the underground caverns of Deep Rock Galactic from PlayStation Plus. The game could probably do with some more tutorials and explanation in his opinion, but he’s enjoying it now that he knows a bit more about what he’s doing.

Ade and his partner polished off It Takes Two and they loved it. “What a wonderful game!” he raved. “Gloriously imaginative from beginning to end and probably the best co-op thingy we’ve played.” Makes sense that it picked up a bunch of GOTY awards, eh?

Finally, and as eclectic as ever, Steve had plenty of gaming to report on:

This week I have played the lovely Archvale – a little indie that feels like the lovechild of Zelda and Geometry Wars. It’s on Game Pass and recommended, but play on at least Normal as Easy is too, well, easy. I have also played a little more It Takes Two with the teenager and it continues to delight (once we’ve got past the initial kill each other for shits and giggles). Carried on with my daily Halo Infinite MP for Reward points on PC and had some really good games (albeit balanced by some games ruined by AFK players). Started Astral Chain on Switch, but that feels more like a docked than handheld game, so need to free up some TV time for that one. Finally I had a look at YIIK RPG before it leaves Game Pass, but only lasted an hour or two as it is irredeemably smug and self-satisfied.

That’s us for this week, but what have you played to start off 2022? And feel free to tell us about your holidays as well!

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  1. A lot of Ghost of Tsushima still. And it keeps getting better. On to the third area now, having taken my time and done everything in the first two.

    And plenty of Deep Rock Galactic, which was a pleasant surprise for PS+. Fun solo, and even fun with random people who mostly seem to be playing properly and being helpful. It’s even got that thing where someone does something and everyone else instantly does exactly the same. In this case, grabbing a beer, drinking it and throwing the mug away. Remember to not kick barrels in the “space rig” (the lobby where you pick missions and do upgrades) until you get the “Self Control” trophy. Then spend ages kicking them all into the launch bay. Next, I’ve got to get them all into the drop pod. That should be a challenge.

    Plus more of Life is Strange 2. One episode to go. Less of a game than the first, but I think it’s a better story. With some horrible things happening to the main character.

    Then a few other bits and pieces, including picking up Sniper Elite VR on sale. Looks surprisingly good, the Aim controller just works perfectly, and the shorter levels work well for VR. And turning off all the comfort options didn’t affect me badly in any way. Zooming in following the bullet for the x-ray kill cam thing might not be for everyone though.

    Now, should I argue with Sony over refunds? Picked up Alan Wake on sale, and the game is basically broken. You can’t hear the voices in the cut scenes. Well, you can just about here something, but it sounds like they’re coming from the bottom of a well in the next town.

  2. I completed Maneater and got the platinum in Tomb Raider (only took me over 4 years!). Over 5 years ago I got the platinum in Lego Star Wars The Force Awakens but I decided to go back to it for the DLC, so I completed that. I then played Pretty Girls Panic (it was cheap and I was tipsy because Christmas – it’s not as bad as it sounds, although it’s not great).
    I also got the platinum in Donut County, which was more fun than I expected.
    Santa kindly brought me Guardians of the Galaxy, so I’m currently playing that – I agree with Nick P, it’s great!

  3. DRG, i was impressed with the small file size but not much else i’m afraid. I would have preferred a single map to explore but instead it’s a hub and you get ‘transported’ to each mission. The mining works fine but isn’t helped by having to dump whatever you’ve mined into your mobile trailer every 2 mins. The swarms seem to work something like this .. “The Swarms are coming… the swarms are coming” .. but no sign of anything in any direction… then suddenly they drop from above/behind on top of you. During the very first mission, i ran out of ammo about 1/3 of the way through, somehow managed to survive the rest of the swarms and almost made it back to the dropship at the end but the zipline simply failed to work and i died.

    Also booted up Dirt 5, it’s very loud and colourful but driving feels a lot more rigid than i expected – so far i’ve been unable to flip my car and it’s no fun not being able to bump rivals off the track. xD

    And i finished R&C Rift Apart, most gorgeous-looking but also most disappointingly barebones R&C game i’ve ever played.

    Plus more Dreams, where i’m getting back into the weekly music jams after a few months break.

  4. Still playing through the story of Days Gone, avoiding as many side quests as possible, not to get open world fatigue from too much content. But the story, and the scary hordes, are ok so far.

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